ASUS Makes Upgrading Your Monitor a Tough Choice, Rolls Out 27-inch G-SYNC Display and 28-inch 4K Panel

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Gamers interested in a monitor featuring NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology are going to have some interesting options in the coming weeks and months. One of those options is the new ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q, a 27-inch panel with a WQHD (2560x1440) resolution, 120+ Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and a full range of ergonomic adjustment options.

Let's back up a moment. If you're not already familiar with G-SYNC, we have an in-depth primer that's just a click away. The Cliff Notes version is that G-SYNC keeps a display and the output from a Kepler-based GPU in sync, regardless of frame rates or whether or not V-Sync is enabled. This results in ultra-smooth gameplay free from stutters and other unwanted side effects of synchronization.

ASUS PG278Q

The PG278Q from ASUS supports G-SYNC while offering up a big-boy resolution. It also features GamePlus, an exclusive ASUS feature that is an on-screen display (OSD) overlay that enables crosshair and timer functions to be displayed on the monitor. Gamers have four different crosshair types to choose from, while the timer function allows players to track elapsed time in real-time strategy games, ASUS says.

Connectivity consists of a DisplayPort 1.2 and two USB 3.0 ports. Perhaps the best part, however, is the price. ASUS set the MSRP at $799, which seems reasonable considering the size, resolution, and special features that are baked in. It will be available sometime in Q2.

ASUS PB287Q

If you're more concerned with ultra high-res gaming than G-SYNC technology, ASUS has you covered with its newly announced PB287Q, a 28-inch monitor with a 4K (3840x2160) ultra high definition (UHD) panel. That's four times the resolution of Full HD 1080p display.

This is a promising panel with a 350cd/m2 rated brightness, 1ms response time (GTG), built-in 2W stereo speakers, and a stand that supports swivel, tilt, pivot, and height adjustments. As for connectivity, it features a DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI ports (one with MHL support), and an earphone jack.

Like the PG278Q, this one is set at $799 MSRP and is scheduled to ship in the second quarter.
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sevags replied on Mon, Jan 6 2014 4:33 PM

The resolutions really aren't that far apart... They should just bake gsync into the 28" 4k panal, that would be the real winner. Overall though for the same price the PB287Q seems like the better deal being an inch larger and future proof with native 4k, or for anyone with an AMD card lol

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OOs replied on Mon, Jan 6 2014 4:50 PM

That's exactly the monitor I was waiting for <3

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I think you have an error, did you mean 3840x2160?

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Regardless, That's the monitor I'm waiting for. HDMI 1.4's bandwidth simply doesn't cut it, so the only option for 4k gamers is display port 1.2 for 4k gaming @60fps. Thanks for the heads up!

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Was waiting for the dell 28" 4k, but this one looks like a winner.

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Wondering how much the g sync really helps

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@ShaneYoung, Watch the video, there's a pretty substantial difference to me.

@PaulLilly, any word if these monitors support HDMI 2.0?

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It will be $1000 in Australia for sure :(

I paid $450 for my benq 120hz 24" screen about 2 yrs ago.

Do you need 120hz with gsync now?

Doesn't gsync fix all the tearing and stuttering?

So wouldn't a 60hz screen look smooth now? isnt that the whole point of gsync?

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UHD for me please!

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EzHunt replied on Mon, Jan 6 2014 6:49 PM

not a hard choice at all- if over 300 bucks most will not buy them- also g-sync is/ was only a 1 year warranty which will make even less folks care to buy them..

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basroil replied on Mon, Jan 6 2014 9:33 PM

Gsync works with non-nvidia cards too, they just need to be displayport 1.2. And for gaming, gsync>>>4k, since we won't have 4k gaming at max quality for a few more years without 2 way systems (Volta cards with stacked DRAM might redefine gaming, but maxwell will only let you max out current titles with 2 way cards unless there are breakthroughs in programming)

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basroil replied on Mon, Jan 6 2014 9:36 PM

4K version don't have gsync, and the point of 120Hz is that display lag once the frame is ready is half of 60Hz. Both will be silky smooth, but the 120hz one will react faster.

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It's going to be 799.99 usd

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im more interested in a 4k display =D

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I am impressed. Dell is supposed to have a $800 unit with the identical specs during the same quarter next year. I'll bet there is a " highly suspicious" resemblance between the monitors. If they have the same specs and the same price, I'll go for the Dell because of the better 3 year warranty and "call it in and get advance shipment replacement - we'll even supply the Fed Ex label to send the dead one back" policy on Dell monitors. I've had too many hassles with one year warranty monitors to consider anything but a full three year warranty again.

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Well now i really want to replace my older Asus monitor.

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